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Death Metal Meets Immigration Meets Y2K In ‘Blast Beat’

Death Metal Meets Immigration Meets Y2K In 'Blast Beat'

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Blast Beat

Tweetable Logline: An Uber-Metalized American Latino Adventure That’ll Kick Your Ass Back To The Y2K

Elevator Pitch: “Blast Beat” is a coming-of-age story set in the year 2000 about CARLY and MATEO. Carly is a tougher-than-nails 17-year-old passionate about metal music; his 15-year-old brother Mateo is more free spirited. The family are Colombian undocumented immigrants that have been living in the U.S. for a year when their father Ernesto is suddenly picked up by the Immigration Police. Mateo tries to carry out a crazy plan that would reunite him with his father; though the brothers are ultimate rivals, Carly sets out to protect Mateo from his own madness and save the future of the family.

Production Team:
Esteban Arango – Writer/Director 
Erick Castrillon – Writer/Producer
Ana Souza – Producer
Mario Rodriguez – Producer
Ed Wu – Cinematographer
Camila Saldarriaga – Costume Designer
Diego Jimenez – Sound Designer
Caroline Post – Production Designer

About the Film: “Blast Beat” addresses the millennial bicultural generation and focuses on authentic Latino heroes, breaking away from the stereotypical image of the Latino in Hollywood. It focuses on the early 2000s, a time when moving to the American suburbs from another country meant leaving everything behind. When digital communications were in their infancy and social networks weren’t around. I personally connected to the story’s emphasis on fitting into structures and a culture that feels alien, only to have yourself referred to as the ‘alien’. We need to change how we see immigrants and recognize the reality of their struggle.

Current Status: We are fundraising through Kickstarter until the end of April.

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